For many homeowners, the concept of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Northern Virginia will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually benefits that can make winter the right time for window replacement for the savvy homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather exposes air leaks and other concerns with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be noticed.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these reasons for replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. Knowing which windows are problems can help determine which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the low-tech to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency sooner
A drafty window impacts your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, as well.
When planning to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Northern Virginia to better get to know the specific benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your section of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it less difficult to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either scheduling a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to be patient, getting ahead of the rush by booking a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the proper windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Northern Virginia for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time will make sure that you and the installer can work as easily as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to lower the impact of temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the area where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your replaced windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra covering that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer tips on how best to protect your room from the elements while work continues on your windows.
- If your window installation is scheduled after (or during) a period of snowfall, make sure to keep the installation area clear of snow. Taking accessibility into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will reduce headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Northern Virginia, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct for your home, and a look at what to expect on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window options available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 571-292-3519.